Sunday’s road race at Daytona was a fun day for NASCAR fans.
Road races bring something different to the sport that in a sense just isn’t as serious as a speedway race. These races often consist of less than 100 laps, but each lap is upwards of 2.5 miles.
Daytona is 3.61 miles.
This race wasn’t short on the action by any means. Chase Elliott was more than likely the favorite to win this one as he had earned the pole spot earlier in the week. Elliot also had a four-win streak at Cup series road race tracks, even more of a reason for him to be a favorite. Elliot won stage 1 of The Daytona road course with ease. Stage 2 was won by Denny Hamlin. Stage three brought forward a few problems for drivers.
With less than 20 laps remaining in this 70-lap race, a light rain began to fall at certain corners of the track. Often, if rain is covering the entire track, drivers must wait for the track to be dried out. But this water only affected a small portion of the track. Many of the drivers had to decide whether to use rain tires with more tread, or regular tires and risk spinning out in the water.
Chase Elliott was slowly battling his way back into the lead pack when he was spun out with less than 15 laps to go, ruining his chances of victory. Elliott would finish 21st. It was a battle for the victory as Joey Logano was leading with less than a lap to go. The twists and turns of the road course would be too much for him to handle. Christopher Bell passed him in the last minute of the race to win.
This was Bell’s 38th Cup Series start and his first Victory. After 2 exciting weeks of NASCAR racing, Denny Hamlin leads the Cup series standings with Joey Logano trailing close behind.
Homestead-Miami Speedway up next week. Coverage starts at 3:30 pm. On Fox